Aston Villa could come face to face with one of the heroes of last season’s promotion campaign tonight, if Tammy Abraham is fit to lead Chelsea’s line at Stamford Bridge.
Abraham came to Villa Park on loan from the Blues in the final knockings of the 2018 summer transfer window and propelled their late play-off bid, with 26 goals over the course of the season.
But Villa were unable to convince the striker to stay for another season in the West Midlands, and went out and bought Wesley for big money to fill the void.
Meanwhile, Abraham has taken his game onto another level, scoring 11 club goals across all competitions as well as getting back into the England squad and netting his first Three Lions goal last month.
TBR’s View – Abraham would have Villa comfortably safe
Chelsea have shocked a few people under Frank Lampard and Abraham is spearheading a team which is creating chances at will and playing an expansive style.
Even allowing for the fact Villa create less chances and have less of the ball, Abraham on this form would rack up double figures fairly comfortably on his current form.
It would be a surprise if Wesley gets to that level and he has clearly struggled to adapt to a new league, country and style of play. He cost big money but he is a very young man and it takes time to adjust.
If Villa still had Abraham on the end of Jack Grealish and John McGinn’s service, Premier League survival would be secured with relative ease. Dean Smith will be hoping he doesn’t get an up-close reminder of how good Abraham is tonight.